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New York Man Sentenced To More Than 8 Years In Prison For Supplying New Haven Drug Dealer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHNNY DE LOS SANTOS, also known as “Na-Na,” 30, of the Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to 97 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking cocaine and heroin into Connecticut.

According to court documents and statements made in court, this matter stems from “Operation Bloodline,” a joint law enforcement investigation targeting narcotics trafficking and gang violence in the Dwight-Kensington and Fair Haven sections of New Haven.  Led by the DEA New Haven Task Force and the New Haven and Hamden Police Departments, the year-long investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps on numerous telephones, extensive physical surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, execution of search warrants, and seizures of narcotics and firearms.  Approximately 100 individuals were convicted of federal charges as a result of the investigation.

The investigation revealed that Kevin Wilson, also known as “Nature,” operated a large-scale narcotics trafficking operation in greater New Haven.  DE LOS SANTOS was Wilson’s primary source for narcotics.  Between June 2011 and January 2012, DE LOS SANTOS supplied Wilson with more than one kilogram of heroin and more than one kilogram of cocaine.  DE LOS SANTOS also supplied Wilson’s associates with narcotics.

DE LOS SANTOS was arrested on July 12, 2012.  On December 5, 2012, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, one kilogram or more of heroin and five kilograms or more of cocaine.

DE LOS SANTOS has been detained since March 11, 2014, when his bond was revoked after an investigation revealed that he had distributed an additional 2.5 kilograms of heroin while awaiting sentencing.

Wilson has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Haven Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia and Meriden Police Departments.  The United States Marshals Service, the Connecticut State Police, the Connecticut Department of Correction, Parole and Community Services and the Milford, Hartford, New Britain, North Branford and Stratford Police Departments provided valuable assistance to the investigation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Dave Vatti and Marc Silverman.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015